Xenia Hadjioannou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Literacy Education Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6213
Mailing Address:
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
W 331 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057

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Xenia Hadjioannou is associate professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Harrisburg campus of Penn State University. A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Hadjioannou holds a bachelor degree in the Sciences of Education from the University of Cyprus; a master of Education from the University of Florida; and a Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum (specialization: Language Arts/Literacy) also from the University of Florida. Prior to moving to Penn State Harrisburg in 2017, Dr. Hadjioannou worked at Penn State Lehigh Valley for several years. Dr. Hadjioannou’s work has appeared in various scholarly journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, the Early Education and Development Journal, Current Issues in Language Planning, Classroom Discourse and Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. In addition, she has served as proposal co-author and administrative team member for two hybrid professional development programs funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA – U.S. Department of Education): (a) the Modular Design for English Language Learner (MODELL) Instruction Program (total award: 1.3 million dollars) and (b) and Collaborative Teaching for English Language Learners (CTELL) (total award: 1.6 million dollars).

Research Interests
Dr. Hadjioannou’s research is theoretically informed by social constructivist theories and by Bakhtin’s notion of dialogism. Her work focuses on the study of classroom discourse and particularly the examination of speech genres that support student thinking and learning; the analysis of exemplary practices in the language arts classroom; and the preparation of teachers to effectively work with diverse students, including English Learners.